Sometimes tinnitus is a short-term
(temporary) symptom of a physical problem. In those cases, treating the physical problem
may end the tinnitus. For example, having a healthcare provider remove earwax may stop
In most other cases there is no
known cure. But doing the following can provide relief.
Have a checkup by an ear, nose, and
throat healthcare provider (otolaryngologist). Or get care from an audiologist. If
tinnitus is affecting your quality of life and daily activities, a healthcare
professional can help you manage your condition. Anyone who has tinnitus should seek
medical attention to rule out any physical problems.
If you have both hearing loss and
tinnitus, see your provider for help with both problems. You may want to try the
A masking device. This device
makes a low-level sound. It helps you to ignore the tinnitus and fall asleep.
Listening to radio static at low volume also can help.
A tabletop sound generator.
This device uses nature sounds to help you ignore tinnitus. This includes sounds
such as a babbling brook, ocean waves, or forest life.
Medicine therapy. Medicines
are available that may ease tinnitus. But more research is needed to confirm how
well they work. If your provider prescribes a medicine, ask if there are any side
Tinnitus retraining therapy.
This method also uses a masking device. But this is done at a lower intensity
than the tinnitus. This can help the brain filter out (habituate to) the sound.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is included to help treat the person's emotional
reaction to tinnitus.
Biofeedback. This relaxation
method often helps to ease tinnitus symptoms, by helping to reduce stress.
Other treatments that help some
people with tinnitus include cochlear implants. These are only available to people who
are totally deaf. Or to people with profound hearing loss in both ears. There are also
medicines that reduce anxiety or depression, or that help you sleep. Ask your provider
which treatment may work best for you.